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Winchester 158 JHP Notched in lever gun?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by capn, Apr 3, 2012.

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  1. capn

    capn Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Hi all,

    My wife and I both have .357 revolvers and I reload for them. I have a bunch of Winchester WB357HP158 bullets, purchased for the revolvers.They are 158-grain, semi-jacketed, notched hollow points.

    Question: Are these a safe bullet for lever gun loads? I ask because the narrow flat on the bullet tip is very close to the size of the primer pocket. I've never loaded for a tube magazine before and am concerned about possible chain fire in the tube. If anyone has experience with this bullet in a lever gun I'd appreciate input.

    Also, what else do folks load that is compatible with both revolvers and lever guns? I'm not looking for cowboy loads, more a general self-defense and small game/varmint load that is suitable for free interchange between the three guns.:banghead:
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    Yes they are safe.

    Any JHP or JSP is safe in a .357 lever-gun.

    Pointed Spitzer bullets are not, unless they are the Hornady Nerf-ball bullets.

    Besides, Winchester sells or has sold the same bullet in loaded .357 ammo.
    And the box contains no lever-gun "you'll shoot your eye out" warnings.

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